October 19, 2021

Mid-Season Report

We are now half-way through our competition schedule and the results have been very good. Our race team of nine biathletes has been training hard and competing in B.C. and Alberta.

Jennah and Tekarra started of the season at the NorAm in Canmore over a two-weekend period. The first weekend was cancelled due to extremely cold weather. Between weekends, they practiced as part of the Biathlon BC Development Squad, then raced on the second weekend. The results were good, with Tekarra placing 6th twice and Jennah placing 13th and 14th.

The Telemark Regional race took place at the end of December. The results were great in both the Supersprint and the Individual races: Jennah placed 2nd twice, Tekarra placed 1st twice, Colton placed 2nd twice, and Natalie placed 3rd and 2nd. In the Juvenile category, Kira finished 3rd and 1st, Makenna 2nd twice, Rory 1st and 3rd and Mary placed 4th twice. Pascal rounded things out as the only Midget both days, placing 1st.

Next it was on to Quesnel for a very, very cold weekend of racing in the first BC Cup of the season. Driving was treacherous due to freezing rain, flat tires and cracked windshields, but everyone made it there and back safely. The team braced for two days of -18C weather and competed well. Jennah came away with gold and silver medals, Tekarra a gold and bronze, and Colton a silver and bronze. Natalie narrowly missed the podium with 4th and 5th place finishes, and Piper finished 7th. In the Juvenile

Makenna with coach Glenn Rupertus

Makenna with coach Glenn Rupertus (photo credit Julie Doro Photography)

category, Makenna finished 4th and 10th, Mary 5th and 11th, and Rory 7th and 8th. Pascal had an excellent weekend with two silver medal results in the Midget category.

At the end of January, the team split up between the BC Cup #2 at Whistler Olympic Park and the Western Canadian Championships in Edmonton. The weather was a bit crazy at both venues – rain in Whistler and warm, windy weather in Edmonton. Jennah raced in Edmonton to a third place finish on Saturday, but the snow conditions went from terrible to non-existent and the Sunday race was cancelled. At Whistler Olympic Park, the snow held up in the rain for two days of exciting race action. Tekarra came away with two silver medals, Colton two bronze medals, and Rory silver and gold. Natalie narrowly missed the podium on Saturday, finishing fourth by a scant six seconds. Her sister Mary placed 13th in the Juvenile category. Makenna rounded out the results with 7th and 8th place finishes on the weekend.  Thanks to Fresh Air Experience and the Nordic Shop, we had great wax for racing in extremely wet snow!

Tekarra at Whistler Olympic Park (photo credit Julia Domo Photography)

Tekarra at Whistler Olympic Park (photo credit Julia Doro Photography)

Jennah and Tekarra are now training for the upcoming Canada Winter Games in Prince George, while the rest of the team is looking ahead to the third BC Cup in Vanderhoof. The team trains at Telemark Nordic Club on three nights a week as well as Saturdays. Feel free to drop by the biathlon range on Saturday mornings to check out the action.

We also have two other groups of athletes training in biathlon: a small group of adults who are learning the sport, and a larger group of Bears. The Bears program is for children between the ages of 9 and 14 and is a national program that safely introduces children to this exciting sport.

The club will be hosting a demonstration day where anyone can try biathlon ($10 covers the cost of insurance, ammunition and one-on-one coaching) followed by a public race for an additional $15. The next event will take place on Saturday, February 14 starting at noon. More information can be found at https://telemarkbiathlon.com/public-races-and-demo-days/ Those that took part in this event in January had a tremendous experience and many will be back for more fun on the 14th!

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